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Homemade Beer Hot Dog Buns

Homemade Beer Hot Dog Buns

Homemade Beer Hot Dog Buns

Somewhere between the tenth and fifteenth IPA I sampled this weekend, I realized something.

Trying my best to taste the  beer I was in charge of judging through a hop wrecked palate I realized that I love citrus. I love the bright, fresh flavors of citra hops, grapefruit peels, orange zest, and I love how beautifully they play with the flavors of hops.

I’d bravely accepted the challenge of judging a stadium full of IPAs this past weekend at a beer festival, and along with a co-judge, picking one standout winner.  We had different palates, him and I. I fell hard and fast for the citrus spiked beers, he favored the IPA’s with a strong malt backbone. It took us a while to come to an agreement on a favorite. Left only in my hands, I’d have given out ten awards, all to grapefruit and orange tainted beers. But I was in no shape for large scale decision making after sampling 31 beers.

If you also like a little bit of a citrus molested beer, here are a few to seek out:

Hop Valley // Citrus Mistress

Balast Point // Grapefruit Sculpin

Snoqualime Falls // Sunny Si IPA

Terrapin // Hopzilla

Green Flash // Soul Style IPA 


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Homemade Beer Hot Dog Buns

Servings 8 hot dog buns


  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tbs sugar
  • 1 packet RAPID RISE yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ cup wheat beer
  • ¾ cups whole milk
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • Egg wash 1 egg, 1 tbs water, beaten
  • 1 tsp coarse salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds.


  • Add the flour, sugar, yeast and salt to a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, mix to combine.
  • In a microwave safe bowl add the beer and milk. Microwave on high until the liquid reaches 125 degrees, about 60 seconds.
  • Add the liquid and the oil to the stand mixer, mix on high until dough gathers around the hook and is no longer sticky, about 8 minutes.
  • Transfer to a lightly oiled bowl, cover and allow to sit in a warm room until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Knead on a lightly floured surface for about a minute. Divide into 8 equal sized pieces. Roll each piece into a log about 5 inches long. Place buns on a baking sheet. Cover and allow to rise until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
  • Brush with egg wash, sprinkle with salt, pepper and sesame seeds.
  • Bake until golden brown, about 18 minutes.

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Sophia @ NY Foodgasm May 6, 2015 um 8:58 am

OMG judging IPA’s a lllll day, that is rough! You are definitely need to drink water or something in between to kinda reset your palette!


Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks May 6, 2015 um 12:48 pm

That’s a lot of IPA’s! I hope your taste buds have recovered! I’m a fan of the citrus flavors too. These beer hot dog buns are awesome! I brew beer, but rarely think to cook with it. I’m so glad I just found you and all these wonderful beer recipes to try! Cheers!


Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence May 14, 2015 um 7:11 am

1. Nice buns 🙂 2. I LOVE Grapefruit Sculpin, and I order one any time I see it on a menu here. 3. I too am a big fan of the citrus – IPA pairing. I’ve got a IPA cocktail on my blog called the Hop, Skip and Go Naked that plays around with these flavors. 4. Well done judging 31 IPAs. I do enjoy them, but I’m not sure I could handle 31!!


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